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saturday morning. >> it's a good thing it's on the weekend. >>> defense secretary leon panetta's rough almost last day on benghazi. >>> plus, david beckham's last for foray into the real word. that's on "early today" returns. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. while being grilled by the senate armed services committee outgoing defense secretary leon panetta strongly defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social
to block chuck hagel, the current defense secretary leon panetta is on his way out. they gave mr. panetta his sendoff on saturday, though it looks like he'll probably be in charge for another week or so. his time has been a period of lasting change for the u.s. military. after the end of the iraq war, he has overseen the beginning of the end of america's longest war ever in afghanistan. the clinton era policy of "don't ask, don't tell" ended under leon panetta's watch, at his recommendation that the nation allow openly gay people to be a part of the military. last year secretary panetta took steps to reform the way the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks, going as far in those reforms as he could without help from congress. he also opened new assignments in the military, new roles for female soldiers. last month, with the end of his term near, he proclaimed an end to the ban on women in combat, full stop. well, today in a new memo, the outgoing defense secretary, leon panetta, made another historic change, saying that discrimination based on sexual orientation no longer has a
secretary leon panetta revealed president obama was the one who blocked the plan to arm rebel fighters in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dem
administration's response to syria's civil war. defense secretary leon panetta revealed for the first time that president obama was the one who blocked a plan to arm rebel fighters in syria. the plan was developed last year by then cia director david petraeus and backed by penalty gone leaders and then secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts about which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during the senate hearing on libya. they had tough questions for panetta. he related he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead. it also explained why war plains weren't sent. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. nancy, good morning. >> good morning, norah. panetta says the reason planes were not sent is because it came in two waves. after the first wave ended, they all thought it was over. plus, he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy nilly send f-16s there and blow up the place without knowing what's taking place. >> the
addressed the issue. leon panetta took a stand on the issue here requests members of congress need to understand they were elected to protect the public, not to hurt the public hearing >> if a deal is not reached, the pentagon is facing this $6 billion in budget cuts across the board beginning next month. they will face additional cuts next year and beyond as well. >> this is a story you will want to see if you like to go out to local wineries for tastings are outdoor concert. there is a new controversial law that prohibits wineries from staying open and night. they are hoping a last-minute compromise will keep the doors open past sunset. >> 26 wineries and accounting, it has become a go to escape from the metro area. >> people are concerned because they are right next to an operation impacting their lives. >> a battle pitted labor against labor. what you expect a certain amount of privacy. >> it can mean the noise and traffic to some neighbors. the answer last august was a new farm winery ordinance. the winery's had to close at a set time, no more toasts after 6:00. can there be a
of state torrey clinton -- you can see hurt joking with leon panetta yesterday after former secretary clinton was presented with the defense department's highest award for public service. clinton resigned earlier this month and was replaced by john kerry. we read a little bit that defense secretary panetta does plan to stay on the job for a little while longer while things move forward with chuck hagel's nomination. the senate's oldest number -- oldest member will not seek a new term in 2014. frank lautenberg face a primary. he was a staunch advocate of gun control and public infrastructure and a champion of the amtrak system. he announced he will not seek reelection in 2014 triple -- 2014. the new york post -- some other stories in the news -- president obama made a pitch yesterday to expand preschool access. he took his message on the road from the state of the union earlier this week to georgia. he handed out high-five's 24- year-olds. he toured a public preschool in georgia yesterday. we'll talk more about the president's plans for that with our guests later on with a member of th
, the administration officials point to comments by it was secretary leon panetta who today lauded allen's service. but did not say if he wants him renominated. he told him to "think about what you need to do." allen's e-mails were discovered in the investigation that led to the resignation of david petraeus. rand paul says he is prepared to put a hold on the nomination of john brennan as the new c.i.a. director. until brennan answers his questions about drones. paul says he wants to know if brennan believes the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike against a u.s. citizen on american soil. jack confirmation adventure today. it's the president's pick to be the new treasury secretary. but questions persist about his old job. and his role during the night of the terror attack against the u.s. mission in libya last september. >> i did speak with the president that evening. national security staff worked on the issue on nonstop basis. >> who was briefing the president? were you? >> i was in the room when the president was briefed but i was not briefing the president.
. they challenged past statements. if he's confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as the defense secretary. >>> our time is 4:32. prince george's county police need your help finding a missing woman and her 1-year- old daughter. this is 25-year-old stephanie hamrick and her little girl. they were last seen walking toward a bus stop in the 8500 block of greenbelt road last thursday around 5:30 in the evening. if you've seen them, you're asked to call prince george's county police. >>> university of maryland student dayvon green is accused of shooting his roommating killing one of them before taking his own life. he started the fire inside to lure his roommates outside. he pulled out a gun and shot and killed one roommate. green then turned the gun on himself. >>> it is 4:33. here's a look at some of the other things making news right now. we're learning more about the health of pope benedict xvi. the vatican revealed the pope has a pacemaker. he had it before he became the pope in 2005, but on monday the pontiff said he's resigning because he doesn't have the strength of mind or body to ful
combat missions without ever setting foot in a combat zone. defense secretary panetta is expected to announce the new medal. it says it would recognize exception appear contributions made from afar. we're told that medal would be considered a bit higher ranking than the bronze star. >>> nbc news has learned that general john allen is expected to withdraw his name from consideration as the top commander of nato. military official say allen does not want to put his family through repeated discussions about jill kelly. kelly is the woman who claims to have received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell. that claim triggered the investigation that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. pentagon investigation cleared allen of any wrongdoing in that case. >>> today's ash wednesday mass at the vatican was likely to have been possibly benedict's final mass. it was moved to the basilica today because of a larger that is usual crowd. he is step down at the end of the monday. the vatican says his successor will likely be picked between march 15th and 20th. he says he can a
on -- hagel is president obama's choice to succeed leon panetta. >>> health officials in new zealand won't be adding health warnings on soft drink labels. after a woman who drank two gallons of coca-cola a day died of a heart attack. a coroner said the amount of soda and caffeine she drank likely led to imbalances that caused her heart problems. officials with the food and grocery council say labels will not save anyone who chooses to drink 30 cans of coke a day. >>> the federal trade commission says the makers of four loko will be required to put an alcohol fat panel on the backs of every can. the facts include the alcohol by volume and number of servings. fusion came under pier for deceptive marketing. they will also have to change the cans containing more than 2 1/2 servings of alcohol so they can be resealed and not consumed in one sitting. >>> new research about a dietary supplement pregnant women take. women who take folic acid can reduce their babe incompetent's risk of autism. those who took it, autism chances decreased by 40%. it's a landmark finding. >> this does not prevent au
about it during the retirement ceremony for defense secretary leon panetta. panetta talked about it wednesday at georgetown university and warned about the damage sequestration would do to the nation's economy. this is a little of what he had to say. we will continue our conversation with ray locker of "usa today." [video clip]>> if this happens, we will fire as many as 8000 dod employees throughout the country. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you do not think that will impact our economy or jobs? you do not think that will impact our ability to recover from the recession? we will cut back on army training and maintenance. putting about 2/3 of our active for great -- active regain combat at a reduced level. we have to cut their training. we will have to cut back on the ability to support the troops who are not in the war zone. we put more stress on those who are in the war zone. we are going to have to shrink our global naval operations. with a reduction of our western pacific naval operation. this idea about having to rebalance will be impacted. we will cut the air fo
of misfit toys. >> stephanie: lindsey graham and leon panetta on a sunday show. >> this is from the hearing. >> are you are surprised the president never called you secretary panetta and said how is it going? >> normally, in these situations -- did he know the level of threat -- >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces. he knew we were deploying the forces. he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but i got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> why is he asking questions if he doesn't want to hear the answer? >> stephanie: lindsey graham. >> chance for him to pontificate. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> stephanie: i would certainly get to the bottom of who cut the funding for security -- oh, it was me. >> oops. >> stephanie: this was the fit we talked about earlier. >> play it again? >> stephanie: senator lindsey graham. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. directorship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives us a
panetta can leave the job, but the job in some ways will not be leaving him. the outgoing defense secretary will have a full detail of security after he retires for the foreseeable future. this is according to an official at the white house. the security detail is because of concerns of potential threats against him since he was not only defense secretary, but also director of the cia. panetta's last day is expected to be tomorrow. ♪ poker face >>> little monsters, lady gaga is canceling several concerts because of an injury, specifically severe inflammation in her joints. the pop star says she's been hiding the injury for a while. in fact, at one point, she says she could barely walk. we're told she'll be out a week and will reschedule the concerts. >>> the son of basketball great larry bird arrested for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car. indiana university police charged 21-year-old conner bird with intimidation with a deadly weapon, battery with injury, and marijuana possession. police say it happened after the two got into a fight and the woman got ou
defense secretary leon panetta wants to honor the people who operate unmanned aircraft. >> i'm pleased to announce that i formally approved the establishment of a new distinguished warfare medal that provides department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations but that do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails. >> keep in mind the drone medal could outrank the bronze star which is awarded for specific heroic acts performed under fire in combat. the question s drone warfare worthy of a medal of vor, roland? >> you're sitting in an air conditioned room and a joy stick and sort of playing a video game, if you will. it's life and death. there's no way in the world that should outrank somebody who exhibits heroism on the battlefield. that to me is crazy. i understand if you want to give an award, a citation but there's no comparison between the two, it should not outrank the bronze star. >> will? >> there's the issue, right, should it outrank the bronze star. we should acknowledge the changing nature of warfare, th
the problem. >> jack, in the armed services hearing last week secretary panetta testified that following his and general dempsey's 5:00 meeting after the benghazi attack, they had no further contact with the white house and it was their understanding that you, as chief of staff, the individual briefing the president. is that accurate? >> i did speak with the president that evening. the national security staff was working on the issue on a nonstop basis. >> who was briefing the president? were you? >> i was in the room when the president was briefed but i was not briefing the president. >> brennan said it wasn't him, secretary panetta said it wasn't him, ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him and the f.b.i. said it wasn't them. we have eliminated a lot of people who had contact with any intelligence community that knew first half hand about what was going on in benghazi. let me ask you again, who briefed the president on what was happening throughout the seven-hour period? >> in the conversations i was in the national security staff was present. >> was john brennan included in that? >> you're
in the hearings. the administration has been very clear. leon panetta when he was head of the cia was clear that it is torture and the u.s. does not engage in torture. while there is a continuation of policies related to drones and targeted assassinations, i don't think that there is necessarily a continuation of or ttorture. >> well, the debate we are not having is what are the contours of this, and if we want to win hearts and minds to go back to a vietnam plauz, what are thrase, the contours of this? will it expand and come back to hit us in a strong way? >> as someone who knows the pro and con intell and we send people into the area to make people suspicious of each other, and killed people in a domestic sphere, aed on the know the ugliness and the nastiness of that and the ways in which have sat over and against any american notice that we are not the kind of country that does that, but to get on the other side of co-intel to say i need that to be reflected in the 21st history. >> and to that, brennan was the architect of the waterboarding program or in the testimony he said he was awa
, different than what our secretary of defense panetta has said now, that he felt that the pentagon was bloated and needed to be teardown. during your hearing he said that those are statements he made prior to the budget control act being passed, but that was not the case and that was later corrected. in terms of shipping the pentagon, i certainly don't think that we want to be in a position of thinking, especially in light of the testimony we heard this morning, the pentagon is bloated bodies to be pared down. all of us agree that there are things that we could do better in the pentagon, and i know that many of us have worked on things that we could do better and more efficient in the pentagon, but sequestration is not the answer to that. finally, you know, hours ago, as senator reed mentioned, the north koreans had detonated a nuclear device. yet a year ago the senator was a signatory toward a report that essentially would eliminate a portion of our nuclear triad. we have three legs our nuclear triad, and he was a signatory for report that recommended that that be a manner in whic
in the midst of the declining defense budget and just last week secretary panetta announced the indefinite delay of carrier stryker the deployment in the middle east development of was undoubtedly welcome by the regime in tehran. in egypt despite the best hopes, the president morsi and the brotherhood have shown a trip and hostility towards the opposition groups and the minorities have taken an increasing tone to our ally israel and these developments require as to think long and hard over what assets we are going to be sharing with them, the controversy will f-16 transfers. but it's a tough area and i think if you look through that area, and general austin you know that iran maintains determined to acquire nuclear weapons capability that's been going on for a long time we found that our intelligence has really behind the curve so far. it's serious. it's big stuff over there. in iraq for premature withdrawal tester ackley contributed to the deteriorating said chicken to the two securities attrition and allowed al qaeda to establish a foothold in syria. the brutality has now claimed the li
secretary of defense, leon panetta who will be leaving, although chuck hagel is on the hot seat right now. he was approved out of the senate armed services committee partisan vote, 14-11 today, but the senate floor, a full vote expected sometime later this week and you see the rest of the cabinet filing in behind those two men. ed henry, chief white house correspondent is standing by on the north lawn. ed? >> reporter: and here at the white house, earlier today briefed by the president, top aides what he's going to say tonight. they're saying to me that in private the president's aides are expressing deep concerns about the economy, the recent weak economic growth, raising unemployment has sort of concerned them about the president's standing and so their goal tonight is to give the president talking about the middle class and get beyond the washington squabble about sequester and the process battles going on in washington, talk about the middle class. these democrats say the president will do that with some new plans and some old plans. a new one, for example, he'll talk about raising th
of the problem with secretary of defense panetta, he's threatening to cut troop pay come on. and we have the off sets and limit building of defense bases and put that where else. and what we're looking at attempts to do-- i've been to the insides and budget games and give away the biggest things you don't want to give up and that's what they're doing here. we need to figure out a way to maintain everything we're doing in that area of the world and not jeopardize other things to develop. and one of the facts out here for the chinese, spending as much money right now on trying to find ways to have potable water for people as they are defense. so frankly, you have to look at things context. the spending in china, that much potable water they'll have a hard time doing expeditionary stuff, we have to look at everything, not just smaller cuts. >> alisyn: tony, it sounds like we can spend less, we have to spend smarter. is there waste in this day and age, and we hear about the $700 toilet seat. >> absolutely. two sources, big one, the joint ied defeat organization. billions spent and not one useful tec
in about 20 minutes at 11 a.m. eastern. in the meantime, wednesday defense secretary leon panetta told what could be his final press conference as head of the defense department in opening remarks he thanked the pentagon press corps for an award called the distinguished medal. he also addressed north korea's's nuclear program and the troops withdraw and afghanistan and sequestration. >> as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought it was the last act of an italian opera. i'm not sure exactly when it would end and the fat lady would sing. but i think that the congress will act and they will confirm chuck hagel this week. so what i wanted to do is to use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of the american people in our democracy, the information is the key to an informed electorate. while w
. host: defense secretary leon panetta has one foot out the door but is not leaving yet, as we await what is going to happen in the senate. the chuck hagel confirmation process -- do you want to see that move forward? guest: i think there are no problems going ahead with chuck hagel in this confirmation process. people were very uncomfortable with some of his past statements. i do not know. i know he is the president's choice. host: do you have concerns about having a new defense secretary in place as the sequestration cuts loom and you would like to see the cuts headed off? what do we do if there is no -- guest: they want to make certain our military posts like fort camp, which is in my district, have a strong leadership team, regardless of having the secretary -- not having one is a point of concern. but i think you have a good, strong team there, who will be able to manage through this process. they see this coming. as you would expect the military to do, they are prepared. host: a call from new hampshire, independent color. hello, jim. caller: the irresponsibility of the republicans,
get to watch tv, but i have watched this closely on c-span. i think leon panetta has been a wonderful man, and also i think, you know, john kerry -- i listened to his, everything he said. thank god, he is a good man, he will be in a good position. anyway, but michelle has been a wonderful thing. i think their two beautiful children, i pray for them every day that god will keep them safe and give them a long and healthy life, protect them. also, i am not against barack obama. a lot of things he is doing correct. i do pray for his safety. the bible says to pray for those who are in authority. i am a believer in the bible. i know that god is watching over our country. i believe in the two-party system. in fact, i appreciate the independence i have heard on tv today and also joe lieberman, an independent in the state of connecticut. he is a wonderful man. so, i am not stuck on just being a republican. my parents raised us that way, but they were pretty independent toward others. we believe in loving one another. host: let's take a listen to one of the issues president obama spent time tal
, this is a disaster. even the obama-appointed secretary of defense, leon panetta, says this would be a disaster for america. it would be less of a disaster if we did just what the calller is talking about and what i am talking about. host: senator james inhofe, pop -- republican on the senate armed services committee, thank you for spending time with us this morning. we have 10 minutes left before the house comes into session. we will keep taking work home calls and getting reaction to president obama's fourth state of the union address. he spoke with about 6000 words plus. took about an hour. he was interrupted over 70 times with applause. talk about immigration reform, gun laws. talk about foreign policy issues, a climate change. talk about the effects rehabs across the country. a lot of different proposals put out by the president. we also covered the gop response given by florida republican senator marco rubio and a grant paul. if you miss those, go to our web site at c-span.org. maverick on twitter response to what the senator was just talking about and says we need a modern, efficient mil
leon panetta has not laid out a plan at all to anybody on the house armed services committee on what exactly is going to get cut, how it gets cut, and how it will move forward. there are very nervous people on the hill tonight regarding that issue. >> the president talking on that tonight, the cuts need to not happen. but the republicans have not laid out anything that looks like a path to avoiding the sequester cuts at least any time soon. ed, thank you very much. we'll check back in with you. we'll talk to senator chuck schumer in just a moment about one of the policy items that was not leaked in advance of this speech. and that nobody knew, as far as i know, was coming before this speech was actually delivered tonight, which was the very specific proposal that the federal minimum wage should be raised. that was not something that was a subject of the campaign between president obama and mitt romney, except to the extent that as the president noted tonight, both he and mitt romney agreed that the minimum wage should be indexed to the cost of living. the president noting that severa
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